Tuesday June 07, 2016 – Four people have been detained in connection with a car bomb attack targeting a police bus that killed 11 people Tuesday in Istanbul, state media report.
The blast, in the Vezneciler area of Istanbul’s historic Faith district, occurred about 8.40 a.m. local time during morning rush hour.
It killed seven police officers and four civilians, and left 36 people injured, three of them critically, Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin told reporters.
Local media reported that the blast was remotely detonated. No group has taken responsibility for the bombing, and Sahin said the investigation into the attack was ongoing.
Images from the blast area showed security personnel at the scene and visible damage to vehicle and buildings.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited the wounded in the hospital, offered his condolences and said the attack was unforgivable.
“Let me be clear, terrorist organizations distinguishing between civilians, soldiers and police does not mean anything to us. The end target is always human beings,” he said.
He vowed to continue the fight against terrorism.
The United States, France and Germany were quick to condemn the attack, with French President Francois Hollande saying in a statement that “this intolerable act of violence must more than ever confirm our mutual determination to fight all forms of terrorism.”
The U.S. Embassy in Turkey said on Twitter that it would “continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Turkey in the fight against terrorism.”
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